|1962||Born in Bad Frankenhausen|
|1979–83||Apprenticeship as Ceramicist|
|1983–88||Journeymanship in Germany and England|
|1988–91||Technical college for Ceramicist in Höhr-Grenzhausen|
|Since 1992||Studio in Berlin|
Softies is the name that Anna Sykora chose for her gently curvaceous but simultaneously strictly proportioned cups, vases and bowls, which fit into every living environment and imbue rooms with individuality and an artistic aura. Turned on a potter’s wheel, the vessels’ cleanly resounding, thin-walled, Limoges porcelain is coated on its exterior with a fine, glossy and nearly transparent colored slip called terra sigillata. This Berlin-based ceramicist personally developed the formula for this slip, which she colors with pigments and oxides. Finally the matte, monochrome, glossy slip is embellished in subdued hues with scratched or recessed decoration. In 2004 she received the Hessian State Prize and in 2016 the Bavarian State Prize.